The Academy of Ancient Music


The Academy of Ancient Music is one of the world’s first and foremost period-instrument orchestras. Concerts across six continents and over 250 recordings since its formation in 1973 demonstrate the AAM’s pre-eminence in music of the Baroque and Classical periods. Richard Egarr, Music director of the AAM since September 2006, made his debut with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and his first recording directing the Academy of Ancient Music, Handel’s Opus 3 Sonatas, was awarded the 2007 Gramophone Award for baroque instrumental music. The vitality of the AAM’s music-making is fostered by a range of guest directors, such as the renowned baroque expert Masaaki Suzuki and violinists Giuliano Carmignola and Pavlo Beznosiuk. The AAM collaborates also the choirs of King’s College Cambridge and Trinity College Cambridge.


In addition to the numerous Decca releases, further projects have resulted in recordings for EMI, Chandos, Erato and Harmonia Mundi, including discs of Bach, Händel, Vivaldi and Purcell with the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, and English coronation music and Handel’s Messiah with the Choir of New College Oxford. The AAM’s recent releases include Baroque double concertos on Wigmore Hall Live and Händel Concerti Grossi Op.3 with Richard Egarr. 


The Academy of Ancient Music is Orchestra-in-Residence at the University of Cambridge